Stag & Dagger

White Denim

Even as some of Scotland’s smaller festivals-in-a-field take a sabbatical or call it a day in the current financial climate, new city events like Hinterland and now Stag & Dagger are enjoying their debuts this year. Could the way of the future for fans be one-ticket festivals that don’t encompass the added expense of travel, accommodation and three full days’ worth of drinking and eating? Certainly the centre of Glasgow is a hotbed of musical appreciation unmatched anywhere in the UK outside of central London, where similar events like the Camden Crawl, Concrete & Glass and the original Stab & Dagger have thrived.

‘Stag & Dagger in London have decided to try taking the festival out to the rest of the country this year,’ says Neil McKie of Glasgow promoters PCL, ‘so they’re doing one day in London, one in Leeds and one and one in Glasgow. They approached us for help in promoting the event, and we’ve now become partners in the company.’ The real hope is that S&D Glasgow will go on to become an annual fixture.

With such a merging of local and national knowledge, an impressive line-up has been assembled. Over six venues (ABC, Captain’s Rest, Stereo, the Art School, Classic Grand and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy), expect to see quality established names like Cold War Kids, White Denim and Cursive alongside upcoming artists such as Paper Planes and The Mae Shi, and the very best Scotland has to offer; The Aliens, BMX Bandits, Phantom Band, St Deluxe, Dananananaykroyd and more.

Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 23 May

The Aliens, BMX Bandits, St Deluxe and Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers

Psychedelic rock and pop from ex-Beta Band members John Maclean and Robin Jones, fronted by Gordon 'Lone Pigeon' Anderson, and joined on this bill by other Scottish indie acts, veteran and new. 'Part of Stag & Dagger.

Cursive, Kevin Devine and Culann

Omaha-based alternative rockers head this bill.

Cold War Kids, Wild Palms and Wye Oak

Over-14s show. Quirky US college rockers fronted by the stunning voice of Nathan Willett.

The Black Lips

Atlanta flower power punks known for their wild live shows.

The Hot Club

Rafla and Wako play garage, punk, psych and rockabilly, with occasional live bands and art interventions.

The Mae Shi, Dananananaykroyd, Tubelord, Paper Planes, French Wives and Over the Wall

Busted electronica, boogie guitar and ADD hip-hop concept albums from the headliners. Line-up completed by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. 'Part of Stag & Dagger.

Men & Machines

Disco, house and more from Men and Machines at this irregular but worth waiting for night. Fri 12 Aug: The wait for the next M&M will be a long one, sadly. This 3rd birthday residents party will also be the last date thanks to relocation to London, but you can still hear the Men & Machines monthly podcast on…

White Denim and Royal Bangs

Texas band described as 'craftsmen of a spastic garage'.

The Joy Formidable

Welsh indie/post-punk trio.

Record Playerz and Art of Parties

A gig aftershow featuring the Art of Parties DJs and Dolby Anol, with Konx-Om-Pax and Tim Exile upstairs. 'Part of the Stag & Dagger festival'.

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